If cars could talk, the top performer in yesterday’s (May 24) successful H&H sale at Buxton would certainly have a story to tell. It started life as a 1937 Alvis Speed 25SB Charlesworth Speed Saloon, but was rebodied as a lightweight competition machine and used for racing in the mid ‘60s.
The current, very elegant Vanden Plas-style suit of clothes was acquired in the ‘90s at the hands of Simon Isles of Pott Shrigley. Finished in a striking combination of Silver and Blue, it cut quite a dash at the sunny, well-attended sale, and was eventually knocked down for £94,080 – more than had been anticipated.
The forlorn-looking 1968 Aston Martin DB6 MkI Auto on offer may have needed extensive restoration but still raised a respectable £69,500, while at £26,320 the handsome Silver 2001 DB7 Vantage Manual exceeded its top estimate. Jaguar E-Types continue to be strong currency and both examples from this auction sold well, with the White 1974 V12 Roadster fetching £31,360 and the Maroon 1962 4.2 Coupe realising £27,083. Good quality ‘Big’ Healeys can also be all-but-guaranteed to find buyers, and the 1956 100/6 that had been treated to a body-off restoration by Resco Auto Restorations found a new home for £24,920, while the younger 3000 MKII of 1961 made £21,280.
A number of lots surpassed their estimates by notable margins, including: a Maroon 1972 Triumph TR6 that had been the subject of a restoration back in 2002 and managed £12,600; a 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider that began life in South Africa and doubled expectations by making £13,440; and a 1953 Humber Pullman Limousine that was once employed for Royal occasions which, at £10,304, achieved three times the suggested figure. There were some good results from the ‘No Reserve’ lots too, with the 1977 Austin Allegro that had accrued just 6,751 miles before being consigned to life in a museum and was rehoused for £4,480 – £2,218 more than it cost new!
The highest price achieved by the select group of motorcycles on offer was the £4,859 returned by a cosmetically ‘as new’ 1960 BSA A7 Shooting Star, while the unusual looking 125cc 1959 Rumi Formichino earned £4,256.
Said H&H’s Sales Manager Damian Jones: “We are more than happy with the result of our latest visit to Buxton, the sale percentage of which is well above that currently being achieved by some of our competitors. With five more sales to pack in before the end of August alone, we are currently the busiest we’ve been in the company’s 20 year history – exciting times!”
H&H’s next role is as agent for a memorable selection of privately entered Supercars and Super Classics at Motorexpo, Canary Wharf, June 11-17. That same week the company will also hold the second of its new ‘Specialist Sales’ – an ‘Excellence in Engineering’ auction in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club in the glorious surroundings of Rockingham Castle, June 16.